While most of the Android Phones have an internal memory of 8GB (or more), it is not always possible to carry all your favorite music files and videos.
The best option? Get a cloud storage based app which streams the media files directly from your Computer to your phone on a network. Here are 6 best Applications for this job.
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Subsonic is one of the oldest and best app for streaming music, it supports streaming, downloading, playlists, album art and searching. Moreover, the music that you’ve listened also gets cached on the phone so that you can listen to them even when you are not online.
The best part about Subsonic is that, unlike other apps in which you need to know your IP address at home and then connect to it, Subsonic also provides you a server name (such as saket.subsonic.org) for easy connection. Though this feature is not free and you need to pay for it after some couple of hours of trial period.
Watch videos live from your PC/Mac/Linux on android. Download music from iTunes.
Emit allows you to stream videos from PC/Mac/Linux directly to an android device from your local WiFi, 3G or external WiFi. Features:
- Live encoding and streaming directly to your device.
- HTTP Live streaming for 2.3+ devices
- .srt and .mkv subtitles are supported
- Videos can be download to the device for offline viewing.
There are two versions of Emit: free and the paid version. The free version is ad supported and you need ‘credits’ for viewing videos. Each click on an ad will give you a credit.
Audiogalaxy lets you stream your music from your home computer to your phone from anywhere using 3G, EDGE, or WiFi without having to copy the media files to your phone.
Like other apps, you need to signup at AudioGalaxy’s site and install its app both on your PC/Mac that has your music and then on your Phone.
One of the best cloud based app available around, SugarSync provides an easy way to access files from all your computer. Apart from just syncing files. you can also easily stream music/videos with it.
The SugarSync team has posted a nice step-by-step tutorial for streaming media files. You can read it here.
For other Cloud Storage options, also read: Top 5 Free Cloud Storage Options
While I’ve already listed the most useful apps for streaming music in this list, Tonido cannot be missed out.
It is a very simple app and you can do more than just stream music, like browse files, documents (Word, Excel, PDF etc.) and view it in your phone and its free too.
6. DoubeTwist AirSync (~$11)
DoubleTwist AirSync wirelessly syncs your iTunes music, photos and videos with your Mac or PC over your home WiFi network. It has to be used in conjunction with the DoubleTwist desktop app to automatically import your iTunes music playlists, iTunes ratings & play-counts from your Mac or PC.
- Automatically import MP3 purchases & downloads from your phone back to your Mac or PC.
- Stream photos, videos and music from your phone to your XBox or PlayStation 3 with AirTwist™
- Stream videos, photos and music to your Apple TV (black model) with Twist To™ (AirPort Express is not yet supported)
Download: DoubleTwist AirSync
I haven’t used (or I don’t know about) any other app than these. I’d love to hear your comment on this list – If you think I missed any app or you liked it or had any problem with anything 🙂